This is the last in my short reflections on Leadership. In the previous weeks,  I have given you a few short thoughts regarding what I consider to be powerful, authentic leadership:

L- Leverage. Great leaders understand leverage: they know how to obtain leverage from their people and their ideas and how to leverage themselves.
E- Efficient. Great leaders create efficient processes so that their people know exactly what to do deliver excellence. There are no mysteries surrounding what it takes to deliver  “ a job well done.”
A – Action. Great leaders understand that while it is important to study facts, it is as, if no  more, important to act.
D – Decisive. Great leaders are decisive. They do not tarry when important decisions should be made.
E- Engaged. Great leaders engage with their people. They understand what it takes to motivate and inspire their people to excellence. They are liberal with “attaboys” and “attagirls” and applaud and credit their people for outstanding ideas, suggestions, and execution and reprimand them towards corrective action when necessary.
R – Responsive and Responsible. Great leaders are responsive to challenges that the team might encounter and they take ownership of all of the team’s outcomes and endeavors.
dragonR is for Responsive and Responsible
A great leader feels and acts responsible for their team and the team’s actions and results.
A great leader truly owns the outcomes of their team’s endeavors.  A great leader has the attitude, “it happened on my watch, so I own it.” They rarely engage in shifting blame for an outcome to someone else if it was his or her team’s responsibility to deliver an outcome. I am not saying that a good leader will not reprimand a team member if they don’t deliver , in fact,  a good leader will hold all of the team members accountable for their specific roles, but understands that it is the leader’s job to give the team members what they need (i.e., direction, guidance, resources, etc.) in order to succeed.
A strong leader not only takes responsibility for outcomes they are responsive to their people.  If a team member has an issue, challenge, or a query that must be answered before the team’s objectives can be advanced, a good leader will endeavor to be responsive immediately to that query or issue.  A strong leader understands that if they are not responsive to their people, they will indirectly create an environment where people are not forthcoming about the challenges they are having, and it can also create an environment which lacks a sense of urgency, both of which are deterrents to maximizing productivity.